Finding inspiration can be hard while staying stuck inside the house for months on end! It can be extremely difficult to not feel defeated while balancing all of the things that life throws at you, especially while running a business in the midst of a global pandemic. But sometimes you have to fall back on others and read their stories to help you remember where your fire came from. Read on to see 5 books that have inspired us and that we hope will reinvigorate you, too!
1. ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ by Elizabeth Gilbert
A fresh book that focuses on creativity, Gilbert’s piece discusses insights on the mysteries of inspiration. She addresses issues with letting things go, and calls for the reader to embrace their curiosity. This guide also pushes the reader to understand the types of attitudes and approaches needed to live their most creative life, making this a book to help you embrace your unique quirks.
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2. ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama’s memoir is a moving piece that analyzes her experiences from growing up in the South Side of Chicago to moving into the most well known address in the United States as the first African American First Lady. Becoming is a story that teaches you how to defy the odds, and takes you into the life of one of the most iconic women of our era. (It’s great as an e-book, as she reads it herself!)
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3. ‘Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)’ by Eve Rodsky
Rodsky’s guide addresses the issues of the invisible work that women typically do at home. After surveying 500 men and women, she creates a positive, proactive space that allows partners to prioritize what work needs to be done in and around the household, and how it can be completed fairly. This couldn't be more useful now!
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4. 'Why Not Me?’ by Mindy Kaling
Kaling’s book is a compilation of personal essays that illustrate the life of a woman of color finding her place in Hollywood and reflects on past experiences that have helped her welcome her “second coming-of-age”. In this page turner, Kaling lets the readers in on secrets of the industry, and discusses hot topics from weight expectations of celebrities and what it’s like to be friend-seduced and dumped. In many ways, anyone can identify with Kaling’s story.
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5. ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing’ by Marie Kondō
A different type of motivational book that we all need right now. Kondō’s guide focuses on tidying up your home, with the promise that once it’s done, you’ll never have to do it again. By giving advice on how to determine what objects in your house “spark joy” and which ones don’t, this guide will help you to eliminate clutter and re-find inspiration that comes with a clean space.
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No matter what you pick, happy reading!